Leviathan Falls

, #9

English language

Published Nov. 29, 2021

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4 stars (4 reviews)

The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again.

In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.

As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance …

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3 stars

Awwww. I was heavily emotionally invested in this and overall enjoyed the read but it all fell a bit flat for me.


Having just come off the back of reading some of Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle, a series that purposefully avoids the deeply limited and flawed rubric of killing the bad guy to save the day, the way the whole collective consciousness thing is over from killing Duerte was highly disappointing. Like surely it should be harder than that, and what kind of plot is that!

The existential threat of the unknown aggressors never really felt powerful enough. I mean what they can do is powerful but I never really felt it, the fear, the crisis.

The sphere/ring space/gates drawing power from from another universe had been hinted at already and rang true but again, the actual idea that the gates were doing active harm to other sentient forces …